MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andres Gimenez hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning and scored a sure run off a bases clash, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday.
Giménez scored the automatic runner, but collided with Minnesota first baseman José Miranda as he rounded the corner toward second. He was shocked and met with an athletic trainer, but stayed in the game. The umpires awarded him second base and then he scored on a single by Myles Straw.
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Twins manager Rocco Baldelli argued the decision to award Giménez second base and was ejected.
Nick Sandlin (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for Cleveland. Emmanuel Clase allowed the autorunner to score but still earned his seventh save.
Jharel Cotton (0-1) allowed two runs, one earned, for Minnesota. Gio Urshela hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and drove in the extra runner in the 10th with an infield single.
The Twins went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and had 12 runners on base.
Minnesota twice loaded the bases against starter Shane Bieber and failed to score.
Max Kepler struck out after two hits with two outs and a walk in the third. The Twins had the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth, but were retired after Urshela’s tapper in front of the mound turned into a double play and Miranda grounded out.
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Devin Smeltzer was called up from Triple-A and made the start for Minnesota, returning to the majors after an injury-filled 2021 where he lost feeling in three fingers on his pitching hand before suffering a herniated disc in his neck.
The lefty allowed three hits and one run in five innings.
Bieber allowed one run on seven hits and three walks in six innings, striking out seven. He was coming off his worst start to the season when he allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings against Toronto.
Keepers: Interim manager Carl Willis and an athletic trainer came out to check on Reyes after he singled in the second. He tested an apparent leg injury while running and stayed in the game. Willis is filling in for Terry Francona, who is out with COVID-19 along with several coaches.
Twins: To add Smeltzer, Minnesota sent 1B/OF Alex Kirilloff to Triple-A St. Paul, but Baldelli said there’s no problem with Kirilloff’s right wrist issue. The team wants Kirilloff to get regular at-bats. … 1B Miguel Sanó, who had knee surgery last week, was moved to the 60-day disabled list. … RHP Bailey Ober (right groin strain) was scheduled for a rehab start at Triple-A on Saturday, but play was rained out.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
RHP Triston McKenzie (2-2, 2.76) will start Sunday’s series finale for Cleveland, with RHP Joe Ryan (3-2, 2.56 ERA) scheduled for Minnesota. Ryan is coming off his worst start to the season, allowing four runs in four innings in a loss to Houston. McKenzie has won two straight starts, allowing two runs in 12 1/3 innings.
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